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MOCA Check In: Leilani Lynch

Moca check in: leilani lynch

Name and title/occupation
Leilani Lynch, Curator at The Bass, Miami Beach


What are you reading/watching/listening to?
Reading: Paul Chan, The Unthinkable Community / The Logic of Disorder: The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas
Watching/Listening: The Common Field Convening (shout out to Miami-based artists Cara Despain, Misael Soto, and Franky Cruz for their great panel on Environmental Activism).
@caradespain @misaelsoto @toolooselautrec

How has your work changed now that you are doing it from home?
My work has been going through a recalibration process. Not only has self-isolation changed conventional modes of working – virtual meetings, exhibitions, events, and studio visits in the present moment, but it’s triggered a wave of shifted and delayed project schedules and a reworking the nature of some exhibitions themselves. Much of my time has been spent rethinking my/our conception of how people may want to interact with cultural spaces like museums when we re-emerge from isolation.

‚ÄčHave you taken up any new activities?
This isn’t technically new, but I’ve started taking ballet classes again after 13 years (in a previous life I trained to be a professional ballet dancer) – it’s both terrifying and incredibly liberating.
I’m also looking forward to exercising my drawing skills at an upcoming Filipinx Illustrated Recipe Exchange with Malaka Gharib.

Do you have a MOCA memory that you want to share?
In 2019 I had the pleasure of visiting the MOCA-organized AfriCOBRA exhibition in Venice in conjunction with the Venice Biennale. It was wonderful to see this important group of artists get their due in that context.